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Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee (Ode to Joy)


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Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee is an early intermediate piano arrangement in a melancholy mood and  contemporary style.


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Studio Use License – This piece comes with a studio license and is a fantastic value as this can be used for as many students as you directly teach!


This early intermediate arrangement of Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee (also known as Ode to Joy) features contemporary sounds and rhythms that fall easily under the hands. The subtle shifts in rhythm and harmony make this arrangement peaceful and exuberant for both the pianist and all who hear.

Leveling of Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee

The smallest note value in this arrangement of Ode to Joy is the eighth note. Easy syncopations make this arrangement contemporary, yet easy for the early intermediate pianist. The entire piano keyboard is used in this arrangement, but in accessible patterns for the student or early intermediate level pianist.  

This arrangement starts in C major, modulates to D major, and then modulates again to G major. The score is carefully editing with tempo changes and dynamics to assist the pianist in a beautiful and musical performance.

Bonus: Get 2 covers and 2 versions!

We know that many students know this piece as Ode to Joy and other know it as Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee from church. We want this to be flexible so we decided to give you 2 covers so that you have one of each of the titles, plus a version that uses the inside title of Joyful Joyful and one that uses the inside title as Ode to Joy. So in summary, with this purchase you get:

  • 1 Ode to Joy arrangement
  • 1 Ode to Joy cover
  • 1 Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee arrangement (it’s the same arrangement, but the inside title page looks different)
  • 1 Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee cover

It all comes neatly packaged in one PDF file.

Who will enjoy this Ode to Joy arrangement

The pianist or student who wants to sound mature and enjoys a melancholy, 21st Century sound will enjoy this arrangement of Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee. In addition, pianists who struggle to play octaves, but still want a big sound will be excited to know that this Ode to Joy arrangement does not contain any octaves.

What is a studio license?

The studio license that comes with this arrangement of Joyful Joyful We Adore this licenses the the purchasing teacher to make as many prints as they ever need for students they are directly teaching. It is not a multi-teacher license, so it can only be used by one teacher. However, it can be used by as many students as the purchasing teacher directly instructs on a regular basis.

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14 reviews for Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee (Ode to Joy)

  1. Irma

    This is absolutely beautiful! Best arrangement of ‘Joyful Joyful’ at this level. This is just what I need for my daughter to play for offertory. Thank you so much, Wendy!

  2. Marian

    I purchased “Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee” (Ode to Joy) for a student who came to me recently. She is also learning to play violin. She struggles with reading F clef notes. I played this piece for her and she did not stop smiling. I also plan to give the piece to an adult student. She loves playing pieces that are a little more “unusual”, and this contemporary arrangement will suit her well. Beautiful piece!

  3. Karen

    As always, Wendy’s arrangement of “Ode to Joy” (Joyful, Joyful) is fresh and new, and easily accessible for the early intermediate student or the hurried church musician (ME!). Looking forward to using this in the Easter season and beyond! Thank you, Wendy! Please keep writing music!

  4. Faithe Ward

    Wendy’s Music is my “go to” site when I need something that sounds big for my students. This song is the most beautiful arrangement of Joyful Joyful I’ve ever heard. I bought it for myself lol not my students! Thank you, Wendy, for all the great music!

  5. Kendra Beagles

    This arrangement came at a great time for one of my Musikgarten trained students who is taking privately now. Ode to Joy was sang, danced to, and played on the piano many times during her group Musikgarten classes, so when I saw this arrangement, I had to get it for Cady. She is overjoyed to be playing a piece she loves and I am excited that this arrangement will stretch her musically. Wendy, you seem to be on the cutting edge of coming up with the next composition we teachers and our students all need. Thanks♫

  6. Bev

    The students are loving this piece! It’s catchy rhythm is very appealing, and they can’t wait to get to the crossover flourish. Keep ’em coming, Wendy.

  7. Elaine Lindbjerg

    My students and I love this song. Beautifully written, lovely rhythm and variations make this a lovely but exciting song to play. Thank you for all your great songs, my students have been blessed.

  8. Kim Johnson

    Excited to give this piece to my student tomorrow! He will love playing it.

  9. Holly Kukkonen

    I love this arrangement so much I want all my early intermediate students to play it! There is enough complexity to keep it interesting and a few twists to keep students on their toes.

  10. Nicole Cornaby

    This piece is just lovely! It is a fun twist on a familiar tune and I love how the beautiful simplicity in the beginning builds into something more grand. I also love the optional notes near the end so that if your student is up for more of a challenge, they can add them in; but it sounds just as wonderful if you choose to omit them.

  11. Lori Dawkins

    I just purchased this arrangement of “Joyful Joyful” recently, and gave it to a teenage boy, who is playing at the intermediate level. When I played the piece for him, he really liked it – and is looking forward to learning this new, exciting arrangement!

  12. Penny

    Beautiful arrangement for either a teacher or a student to play! It sounds full and nice–could work at a recital or even in a church setting.

  13. John

    Wendy’s arrangement of “Joyful, Joyful” is a show piece, with beautiful harmonies, effectively used syncopation and final section that is at first triumphant and then serene.

    I gave this piece to one of my more diligent students. It was a challenge to her, especially with the syncopations and the left-hand jumps toward the end of the piece.

    But she met the challenge, just by sheer desire to learn it and play it. In doing so, she has grown considerably as a piano student. She is close to owning the piece.

    How wonderful to have a piece like this for my students — one that calls forth their best!

  14. Ashley

    My son loved learning and playing this piece for church, as he loves playing so many of Wendy’s arrangements. These pieces are truly music kids love, and they have helped my son really progress in his piano playing. Thank you so very much, Wendy!

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